Phillips, Barbara

Barbara Ann Phillips (nee Rach)

1945 - 2012

Barb_Phillips_SqOn Tuesday August 21, 2012 at Boundary Trails Health Centre, Barbara Phillips, aged 67 years of Roland, MB went to her eternal rest. 

It’s hard for us to believe that Barbara is gone, but we are so grateful for the time that we had with her. We have many fond memories of Barbara and as we talked about them, we realized how many there were and how many lives she touched. She was a very giving person who expected nothing in return and had the kindest heart. Barbara had a great passion for cooking and all of those around her benefitted from this quality. She would spend countless hours in the kitchen and always had a cookbook within arm’s reach—no matter which room of the house she was in! Barbara was always willing to bake or cook for others including church and community events. However, the main benefactors of her cooking were her immediate family—especially her grandsons Ryan and Derek. They considered granny to be their “personal chef” and were never without their favorite cookies, jams, and favorite foods. Barbara’s freezers, fridges and pantry were always full. With Barbara’s passion for cooking, came a love for entertaining. Her favorite occasion of the year to entertain was Christmas. She would start planning and baking long before the Christmas season and had endless goodies to share with others. Barbara was very particular about both the taste and presentation of her meals.   The tables and food were always festively decorated as well as delicious. Another one of Barbara’s notable qualities was her green thumb. She would spend many hours in the garden and took great pride in her flower gardens. She especially loved the gladiolas and lilies. As autumn neared, Barbara harvested the produce from her gardens and made many preserves for all. Barbara also loved to spend time at our cabin cooking, baking and sharing her garden goodies. She took it upon herself to ensure that everyone enjoyed their stay. Barbara worked as a hair-stylist for close to 50 years. She loved her profession and took great pride in each cut, curl, set and perm. Throughout that time, she made many close friends. Over the years, Barbara took part in numerous community organizations and was always willing to be a provider with her tasty goodies. Barbara was a most caring and loving person to us all. She will never be forgotten and her memories will always live on with us. 

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Doug Phillips, daughter, Kim and Mike Wiebe of Morden, two grandchildren, Ryan and Derek, her mother, Ruth Rach (nee Dreger) of Morden, two brothers, Russ and Nancy Rach of the 1-6 district, Gerald and Debbie Rach of Morden, one sister, Joyce and Vic Fehr of Morden and brother-in-law, Blake Phillips of Carman. 

She was predeceased by her father, Herbert Rach and her brother, Howie Rach. 

Private graveside service was held on Friday August 24, 2012 at Fairview Cemetery with a memorial reception at the Roland Hall. 

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler

In care of arrangements,


#1 Guest 2012-08-22 16:38
So sad to hear of Barbs passing. Truly enjoyed working with her and thankful for all she taught me. Will be praying for her loved ones.
#2 Guest 2012-08-22 19:30
We are so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. She was a remarkable lady, always kind, smiling and she had the nicest laugh. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Lisa and Kevin
#3 Guest 2012-08-22 22:02
I was saddened to hear of Barbara's passing. She was a great uplift to my late mother Agatha. Her visits to the shop were money well spent in more ways than just the grooming. My condolenses to the mother Ruth,daughter Kim and family and husband Doug and Barbara's siblings and families. My deepest sympathy.
Margaret Elias (late Isaac) of vancouver
#4 Guest 2012-08-22 22:33
Sorry to hear about Barbs passing. We were school mates. Betty Bishop(Dueck)
#5 Guest 2012-08-23 07:34
Kim and family,
So sorry to hear about your Mum, she was a great lady always a smile and never forgot who you were. I know what its like to lose your Mum, and sometimes life just isn't fair.

Take care, thinking about you guys,
Daneen Riediger
#6 Guest 2012-08-23 12:00
Doug and family;
Our sincere sympathies to you all on the passing of a great lady. She was always so cheerful and content. May you know that we are Praying for you.
Kenneth and Doreen Dick
#7 Guest 2012-08-23 13:36
so sorry to hear of the lost of barb. she will be greatly missed at the hairdressers. bev. rex.
#8 Carol Ann Dracass 2012-08-23 14:37
Kim (& Family) - so sorry to hear about Barb. I haven't seen either of you in ages, but I remember her beautiful smile and the way she had of making me feel so at home, especially in the salon chair. :) I know you'll miss her greatly. 67 is just far too young to lose someone, especially someone as special as your mom. I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Carol Ann (Wood) Dracass
#9 The Westfalls 2012-08-23 14:44
We were so shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Barb was and still is a wonderful lady. She always had a smile for you and I'm sure she is going to be missed at the salon. Our deepest condolences to Doug, Kim and family and all of her siblings. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
#10 Judi Peers Adams 2012-08-23 14:51
So sorry to hear of Barbs passing. Our thoughts and deepest sympathy goes out to you all.

Ron Judi and Brent Adams
#11 Julie 2012-08-23 14:55
Doug, Kim and family....

I'm so sorry to hear of Barb's passing. Working with her for 5 years was amazing!! She was the mother hen of all of us.

My prayers are with all of you.
#12 Wendy 2012-08-23 17:35
Gerald & family,

so sorry to hear about your sister/aunt's passing. my prayers go to you as you go though this difficalt time.
#13 Evelyn Bernard 2012-08-23 23:25
Doug, Kim and family,

Words cannot express how saddened we were to hear of Barb's sudden passing. We will always remember her as Howard's kind, gentle, and loving sister. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these very sad and difficult times.

Evelyn, Mike, Christian and Stephanie Bernard
#14 Ed & Ruth Loutchan 2012-08-24 07:36
To the entire family of the late Barb Philips, our heartfelt sympathies to the family as they have not finished mourning Howie's sudden passing & now they mourn Barb's passing. Barb was such a loving & caring person, thought the world of her entire family especially her grandsons who were the light of her life. May God comfort each member of her family. Barb was such a dedicated hairdresser, gardener , cook. she took such pride in all she did. Treasure the memories that you have of her.
#15 Eleanor & Ted 2012-08-24 09:57
Sympathy & prayers to the Rach & Philips families for the sad passing of a great lady, Barb. She will be missed greatly by all who knew her. Her smile will now light up heaven & those who went before her...
#16 Norma & Terry Titch 2012-08-24 12:00
Barb, my hairdresser!
Not only was she a hairdresser, she was a gardener, a cook and a therapist.
Sat. 8 a.m. appointment, we had Double Images to ourselves. We talked, we laughed, discussed the latest issues, what the Grandkids were up to, what Doug was up to or Terry's latest singing gigs, just to name a few. Last time I talked to Barb, she had called to say that, she wouldn't be able to keep my next appointment, that someone else would have to cut my hair. "Why" I said " are you finally retiring?" "Oh no" she replied " Just some appointments I have to keep. I will be back as soon as I can, maybe September."
Barb, you are a ray of sunshine that we will truly miss!
#17 Jeannette Giesbrecht 2012-08-27 21:01
My deepest sympathies to Barb's family. You don't know me but Barb was a patient of ours at the Winkler Clinic and she was beautiful inside and out. Every christmas she brought home made gifts of love. She was so special and i will miss her dearly.
#18 Juliette Myers 2012-10-05 14:21
My sincere condolences to Barb's family especially Kim. I shockingly learned this morning as I went to her place of work for a haircut, that she had passed on! What a tragedy She was always so friendly with me and everybody! Will never forget her sweet smile! R.I.P. Barb!

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